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Good Samaritan

This page was created as a basic emergency response learning tool for the Good Samaritan visiting our site. We’ve included everything from proper CPR techniques to a quiz on your ability to save a co-worker’s life. Are you the best Good Samaritan you can be? Skim the information below to rise to the occasion!

Disclaimer: The publicly accessible information found on this page serves only as a suggestion for what to do in an emergency situation. Reviewing the information below will not give you any kind of certification or licensure.

Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Providing good quality CPR is one of the most crucial parts of saving a person suffering from a cardiac event. The links below provide insight into diagnosing a cardiac event and caring for it.

Performing basic CPR (2:13)

Source: American Red Cross

Performing basic CPR with a funny twist CPR (1:50)

Source: American Heart Association

 Warning signs of a Heart Attack, Stroke, or Cardiac Arrest

Source: American Heart Association

20 Questions and Answers on Hands-Only CPR

Source: American Heart Association

Basic Emergency/Disaster Preparedness

While not all of these emergencies commonly occur in the U.P., it’s good information to have. Below, you’ll find a link to the Red Cross Disaster Safety Library. The American Red Cross has created this Disaster and Safety Library to assist you in preparing your home, school and workplace in the event of a disaster or emergency. Here you will find fact sheets, preparedness checklists, recovery guides and other helpful information to keep you informed and safe in the following situations: chemical emergencies, highway safety, home fires, power outages, thunderstorms, winter storms, and more. In dealing with any emergency or disaster, you should focus first on personal safety, and then on calling for help. 

American Red Cross Disaster Safety Library

Source: American Red Cross

Quiz: Saving a Co-Worker’s Life

Knowledge is power! Do you have the knowledge to save the life of a co-worker, family member, friend, or bystander in the event of an emergency? Find out by taking this quiz.

Quiz – Save a co-worker’s life

Source: American Red Cross

Using an AED

Let's start with the basics: what is an AED? According to the American Heart Association, the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a computerized medical device that can check a person’s heart rhythm, recognize a rhythm that requires a shock, and advise the rescuer when a shock is needed by using voice prompts, lights, and text messages. AEDs are very accurate and easy to use. With a few hours of training, anyone can learn to operate an AED safely. There are many different brands of AEDs, but the same basic steps apply to all of them.

Michigan Technological University uses the AED Plus, made by ZOLL. A map containing the locations of all the AED’s on campus can be found here. To familiarize yourself with the AED’s used on Michigan Tech’s campus, see below. Who knows, you may have to use one someday!

A stock photo of an AED

Automatic External Defibrillators (AED’s) FAQ’s

Source: ZOLL

How to operate the ZOLL AED Plus

Source: ZOLL 

Product Information: ZOLL AED Plus

Source: ZOLL 

Tips on calling 911

Calling 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency might be the most important step in an emergency response. Here are some tidbits of information that will make the calling experience better for you, the dispatcher on the other end of the line, and the person(s) in trouble.

  • Unless you’re the only one on scene, try to avoid putting the phone on speaker mode. If you’re the only one on scene, by all means put the phone down and focus on emergency care. But if you’re with another person, let them do the talking, while you provide care.
  • Remain Calm. Panic is not an option. Try to focus on the dispatcher and provide them with the information they’re asking for.
  • Speak slowly and clearly. Communication is the most important of a coordinated emergency response, and it all starts with you.
  • Don’t hang up. Stay on the phone with the dispatcher unless they tell you otherwise. They will be able to provide you with valuable information and walk you through life saving techniques.
  • Point and make eye contact when telling a bystander to call 9-1-1. If you’re providing care in a crowded place and need to tell somebody else to call 9-1-1, pick a specific person and make eye contact with them while telling them to call 9-1-1. Point as well, if you can. This will help avoid every bystander assuming that someone else has called 9-1-1.